Friday, December 16, 2005

Free The Grapes Updates

This just in from Free The Grapes:
As previously reported, Governor Mitt Romney sent a letter on November 21 to state legislatures vetoing House Bill No. 4498, commenting on the bill's "anti-consumer effect, as well as its dubious constitutionality." The House and Senate could override the Governor's veto once it returns for a special session, which could be called later in December, or could roll over into the regular session in January.

Among other provisions, the bill prohibits out-of-state wineries from shipping directly to MA consumers if they have been represented by a MA wholesaler within the last six months or if they produce more than 30,000 gallons of wine a year. (Romney's letter said that, according to the MA Department of Agricultural Resources, all MA wineries fall under the 30,000 gallon threshold.)

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